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Local News Archives for 2022-12

Columbia Boil Water Advisory Lifted 12/31/22


December 31, 2022

 

As of 8:29 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2022 the boil water advisory for customers on Knifley Rd, Elkhorn Rd, Eastridge Cemetery Rd, Dry Creek, Hovious Ridge to the lake including Pikes Ridge, Genesis Rd and all side roads in between has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.

 

Thank You

Columbia Adair Utilities District

 

Columbia Man Arrested on Meth & Marijuana Charges

 
Carlos Grant, 48, of Columbia, KY was arrested on Thursday night by KSP for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also served a Parole Violation Warrant and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

California Man Charged with Murder is Lodged in Adair County Jail

 

The suspected killer of a California Highway Patrol captain's husband has been released from the Sacramento County Jail and extradited back to Burkesville, KY where the killing happened; He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  
 
60-year-old Thomas Francis O'Donnell of Napa, California is accused of shooting Michael Harding, who was found dead in a home in Burkesville, KY on September 26, 2022. He was arrested at the Sacramento International Airport on December 8th, and a grand jury was convened in Cumberland County to formally charge him with Michael Harding's death the following week. O'Donnell was extradited on Dec. 22, 2022 back to Kentucky where he was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on a $1 million bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 26, 2023 in Cumberland County, KY.
 
Meanwhile, an investigation is also underway into the death of Michael Harding's ex-wife, California Highway Patrol captain Julie Harding, who was found dead at the end of the driveway to her Tennessee home on Dec. 10, 2022 just two days after O'Donnell’s arrest.
 
Police have not confirmed any information about Julie's potential involvement in her estranged husband’s death, but reportedly the belief is that Julie Harding had Michael Harding killed and that Julie Harding committed suicide.
 
Julie Harding's cause of death has not been released yet, but authorities said they did not believe foul play was involved.
 
Julie Harding was on leave from her California Highway Patrol job and was also arrested on Dec. 8, 2022. She was accused of stalking and burglarizing the home of a woman who was dating Michael Harding.
 
 
BURKESVILLE, KY (Dec. 14, 2022) - On September 26, 2022 at approximately 1:03pmCT, Kentucky State Police (KSP), Post 15, received a call from Cumberland County 911. They requested investigative assistance regarding finding a deceased male inside a residence on Glasgow Road in Burkesville, KY.
 
KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and learned 53-year-old Michael Harding of Celina, Tennessee had suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds. 
 
The ensuing investigation led KSP to partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other local and state law enforcement agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, and California as the planning and execution of the crime included multiple local and state jurisdictions.
 
Information obtained through this collective effort led to the arrest of 60-year-old Thomas O'Donnell of Napa, California. On Thursday, December 8, 2022 KSP, the FBI, and local authorities arrested O'Donnell at the Sacramento International airport, in Sacramento, California charging him with the murder of Michael Harding. O'Donnell is lodged in the Sacramento County main jail where he is awaiting extradition back to Kentucky. 
 
KSP Detective BJ Burton, assisted by Detective Mike Dubree and Special Agent's with the FBI Louisville/Bowling Green Resident Agency, are continuing the murder investigation.
 

Fatal Casey County House Fire

 

A late-night house fire in Casey County has claimed the life of a Casey County man.
 
According to Poplar Springs Fire Chief Troy Sanders, crews were sent to a home in Casey County Thursday night. 
 
The victim has been identified as Dewayne Whited. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 

Columbia Police Arrest Indiana Man on Felony Drug Charges

 

The Columbia Police Department arrested an Indiana man for trafficking on Thursday afternoon, December 29, 2022 after initially being called to TJ Health Columbia for a possible drug overdose. 

After CPD Officers spoke with subjects at TJ Health, a welfare check was conducted at a residence on Creekbend Drive just outside of the city limits. Once contact was made, a male subject was found to be in possession of a large quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers also seized a firearm located on scene. 


Zeke Smith, 22, of Columbus, Indiana was taken into custody and has been charged with drug paraphernalia as well as trafficking in marijuana 8 oz to 5lbs; a class D felony. 


Officer Elliot Smith was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officers Joey Keith and Trevor Foster.
 

Boil Water Advisory Russell Springs


There is a boil water advisory on Pine Top Rd, Oliver Thomas Rd, and a section of Hwy 910 back to R. Roy Rd. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least three minutes until further notice.

 

Russell Fiscal Court Meeting Agenda

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will have a "Special Called Meeting" on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 10:00amCT at the Russell County Courthouse.

 

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting Agenda

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will be having a special called meeting Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 8:00amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The public is invited to attend. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
1.   APPROVAL OF SURETY BONDS
               A.   COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE
               B.   COUNTY CLERK 
               C.   SHERIFF
               D.   JAILER 
               E.   MAGISTRATES
               F.   CORNONER 
               G.   SURVEYOR          
               H.   CONSTABLES 
 
2.   APPROVAL OF JUDGE EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS
               A.   ROAD FOREMAN
               B.   EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
               C.   SOLID WASTE COORDINATOR 
               D.   FISCAL COURT CLERK 
               E.   DOG WARDEN 
               F.   APPLICANT AGENT 
               G.   ABC OFFICER
 
3.   APPROVAL OF PERSONNEL 
               A.  JUDGE EXECUTIVE’S OFFICE STAFF
               B.  ROAD DEPARTMENT STAFF 
               C.  GREEN RIVER ANIMAL SHELTER 
               D.  E-911 CENTER 
               E.  JUDICIAL CENTER MAINTENANCE/JANITORAL STAFF 
               F.   RECYCLING/LITTER ABATEMENT 
 
4.     APPROVAL OF ORDER OF SUCCESSION IN ABSENCE OF JUDGE EXECUTIVE 
5.     APPOINTMENT OF FISCAL COURT COMMITTEES 
6.     AUTHORIZE AND/OR REJECT THE JAILER TO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT BOND RELEASE FEES
7.     PERMISSION FOR JUDGE EXECUTIVE TO APPLY FOR COUNTY CREDIT CARD 
8.     SET 2023 FISCAL COURT DATES 
9.     ADMINISTRATIVE CODE CHANGES     
10.   CODE OF ETHIC CHANGES
11.   ADJOURN
 

KSP Investigates Missing Person and Murder in Marion County

 

LEBANON, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2022) - On the evening of December 23, 2022, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 received a complaint of a missing person in Marion County. 

 

Family members spoke with KSP Troopers and reported that Kevin Thomas Elder, 56, of Elizabethtown, was missing and he was last known to have been in the Raywick community of Marion County.

 

The ensuing investigation led KSP to obtain and execute a search warrant on a property and residence belonging to Donald Keith Elders, 53, of Raywick, on the morning of Thursday, December 29, 2022. Information obtained during the execution of the search warrant lead investigators to locate the body of Mr. Elder in an outbuilding on the property. Mr. Elders was subsequently arrested and charged with Murder and has been lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

Detective Mike Dubree continues his investigation of this case. Det. Dubree was assisted by other KSP Post 15 Troopers, KSP Aircraft Branch, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and Marion County Coroner.

 

J.O.Y. Ministries Close to Reaching Campaign Goal


From Hannah Peck

In just a week, J.O.Y. Ministries campaign funds have soared to $35,064! But J.O.Y. still needs $10,000 to meet their campaign goal of $45,000.

The J.O.Y. Christmas Campaign funds a third of the upcoming years operational budget. J.O.Y. Ministries operates the JOY Crisis Resource Center, Cally's House Men's Shelter and Ruth's Place Women and Children's Shelter.

J.O.Y. Is calling on the Columbia community to donate during the last days of 2022. If you'd like to make a donation, please visit joy-ministries.org or mail your donation to J.O.Y. Ministries, PO Box 114, Columbia, KY 42728.

 

 

Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Awarded Nearly $36 Million to Get More Children Kindergarten Ready

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2022) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that the federal government has selected Kentucky for a nearly $36 million grant to support families and the state’s economy by ensuring more children are ready for kindergarten.

 

“My administration will always put education first, and that starts with our youngest students, so they have the strong start in school and life that they deserve,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is an investment in our kids and also in our future workforce and economy. It’s personal to me as a dad, because I want all of our kids to have the best opportunities possible right here.”

 

When a young child enters kindergarten ready for school, there is an 82% chance that child will master basic skills by age 11 compared with a 45% chance for children who are not school ready.

 

The Office of Early Childhood Development Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) grant will provide Kentucky with $11.9 million each year over a three-year period. The Governor said these funds will help the commonwealth develop and expand early learning programs; build an early childhood education workforce talent pipeline and expand access to high quality for children most in need.

 

“This funding strengthens our economy with high-quality early childhood education for our future workforce while meeting today’s concerns of working parents with young children,” said Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link.

 

The $36 million federal award will build upon a $10.6 million PDG B-5 grant to Kentucky in 2019. Since the original award in 2019, Kentucky has advanced the goals outlined in the grant’s strategic plan.

In addition to stewarding federal funding, the Beshear-Coleman administration has also increased state funding for early childhood education. This year, Team Kentucky’s budget request of $125.9 million won legislative approval and fully funds full-day kindergarten for the children of the commonwealth. During the next two years, Gov. Beshear has allotted $1.4 million for the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. The state will invest $6 million in the state’s Regional Collaborative Network and $1.4 million annually.

 

As part of his commitment to early childhood education, the Governor has proposed an Education First Plan to be considered during the upcoming 2023 legislative session. The Governor’s plan aims to address student learning loss brought on by the pandemic and years of denied pay raises that have contributed to the state’s nearly 11,000 public school teacher vacancies, by providing funding for a 5% pay raise for school staff, universal pre-K, textbooks, technology and training, teacher student loan forgiveness and social and mental health services. The Governor is also asking lawmakers to consider restoring new teacher pensions, which he said is the single most effective action we can take to keep new teachers in the classroom.

 

“Kentucky has long embraced promoting greater collaboration, emphasizing high quality and continuous improvement to ensure more children enter kindergarten prepared,” said Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Executive Director Amy Neal. “Our innovative and ambitious plan with this new federal funding will continue transforming the commonwealth into the best place to start and raise a family.”

 

Mercer County Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges after High Speed Vehicle Pursuit

 

The incident began when Campbellsville authorities notified Adair 911 around 8:40pmCT on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 they were in pursuit of a vehicle that was headed towards Columbia on KY 55 north. They advised that the operator, 43-year-old Robert Caines of Mercer County, KY had made threats to kill his wife and was possibly under the influence.   
   

Campbellsville Police terminated their pursuit as it entered into Adair County. Approximately 3 miles north of Columbia, Adair County law enforcement met the suspect traveling in excess of 100 mph. An attempt to stop Caines was made, but he fled from multiple agencies including the Adair County Sheriffs Office, Columbia Police, and Kentucky State Police. The pursuit turned onto KY 206 and speeds slowed to around 70 mph. The pursuit ended near the 10 mile marker on KY 206 and the operator was taken into custody without further incident . 
    

Robert Caines was arrested on the following charges and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail:
  • Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree
  • Speeding 26 mph Over the Limit
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, 3 counts
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol
  • Reckless Driving &
  • No Insurance

Deputy Chris Tweedy was the arresting officer and the Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

Russell County Public Library launches Comfort Cabinets

 
The Russell County Public Library is excited to debut Comfort Cabinets. Located in both public restrooms, RCPL's Comfort Cabinets are stocked with basic hygiene items, available for free to anyone who needs them.
 
Items featured in the Comfort Cabinets include body wash, combs, deodorant, tissues, feminine hygiene products, dental supplies, hair ties, nail files, lip balm, lotion, bandages, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and wipes.
 
The Library would like to thank the Russell County Family Resource Centers, Russell County Healthy Kids Clinic, Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency. and ARC Pregnancy & Support Center for their charitable Comfort Cabinet contributions.
 
Please contact Kristina Burton at kristina@russellcountylibrary.com if you or your organization would like to contribute to RCPL's Comfort Cabinets.
 
About RCPL: The Russell County Public Library endeavors to inform, enrich, and empower the community by creating and promoting easy access to a vast array of ideas, knowledge, and information, and by supporting an informed citizenry, lifelong learning, and love of reading. Visit www.russellcountylibrary.com for more information.
 

Adair County Boil Water Advisory 12/29/22

 

Date Issued:  12/29/2022

Time Issued:  9:30 A.M.

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Knifley Rd, Elkhorn Rd, Eastridge Cemetery Rd., Dry Creek, and Hovious Ridge to the lake including Pike Ridges, Genesis Rd & all side roads in between. The advisory has been issued because lack of water due to winter weather. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply, therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

Russell Springs Car Fire

 

According to Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched Wednesday, Dec. 28th, at 2:02pmCT to a car fire on Coon Club Road. Eleven firefighters responded and were on the scene for approximately 45 minutes. No injuries reported.

 

Area Arrest 12-29-22

Area Arrest 12-29-22

James Kriege, age 34, of Burkesville, was arrested by Deputy Watson with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 1 a.m. this morning. Kriege was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.

U.S. News & World Report Names the Skilled Nursing Unit at T.J. Samson Community Hospital Among the Best in Kentucky

 
The Skilled Nursing Unit at T.J. Samson Community Hospital has been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for short-term rehabilitation for 2022-23 by U.S. News & World Report. 
 
The annual Best Nursing Homes ratings, now in their 13th year, assist prospective residents and their families in making informed decisions in consultation with their medical professionals about where to receive short-term nursing home care. Only 16% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities earned the “Best Nursing Home” designation this year.
 
“This honor is a credit to the staff on the T.J. Skilled Unit,” according to Jim Reid, Administrator. “It’s a wonderful group to work with, because they are very dedicated to their patients and to each other. They make coming to work every day fun.”
 
For 2022-23, U.S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes on care, safety, infection rates, staffing, and health inspections. For the first time, the Best Nursing Homes ratings feature a new measure on weekend staffing and another new measure on infection rates that led to hospitalizations.
 
“Choosing the right nursing home based on care needs and comfort is a critical decision for prospective residents and their families,” said Zach Adams, health data engineer at U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings highlight nursing homes that excel in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care needs.”
 
The Best Nursing Homes methodology factors data such as resident care, safety, and outcomes. To calculate the Best Nursing Homes ratings, U.S. News evaluated each nursing home’s performance using a variety of data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The short-term rehabilitation rating also includes measures of a home’s success in preventing falls, preventing serious infections, and making sure residents are able to return homes.  

Columbia Christmas Decoration Contest Winners Announced...

 
Winners of the City of Columbia's Christmas decoration contest are: 
 
  • Monkey Business, represented by Stephanie Feese for their window AND
     
  • Southern Nest Realty, represented by Jay & Elaine Rowlett for their outside decorations.
 
The City would like to congratulate both winners. Prizes were sponsored by Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
                               Southern Nest Realty  

                                Monkey Business
 

Pay Property Tax Bill be 12/29/22 to Avoid Penalties

 
Attention all Russell County residents:
 
This is the last week to avoid 2022 Property Tax penalties. The Russell County Courthouse (including the Russell County Sheriffs Office) will be closed on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2023 for the New Years holiday. 
 
If paying by mail, all bills MUST be postmarked by 12/31/2022 before 12 noon, because the Post Office will close at Noon on Dec. 31st. The RCSO will be open until 4:00pmCT on Thursday, December 29, 2022. 
 

Russell County Boil Water Advisories

 

  • There is a boil water advisory for Steve Drive until further notice.
     
  • There is also a boil water advisory on Highway 76 in Eli starting at Parksridge Road and includes all of Hwy 1611 and Hwy 1383 and all side roads in between. The advisory is due to a water main break. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes until further notice.

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Area Arrest 12-28-22

William Simpson, age 39, of Columbia was arrested by Trooper Moore of the Kentucky State Police just before midnight last night. Simpson was charged with Rear License Not Illuminated, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance (1st), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

He was lodged into the Adair County Detention Center.

ACHS Has New Football Coach

 

Adair County Athletics would like to announce Steve Stonebraker as the next ACHS Head Football Coach. Stonebraker comes to Adair County after spending the last 7 seasons of a 21-year coaching career at Casey County.

 

 

Russell Springs Boil Water Advisory

 

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs, KY for the area of Sheppard Dr., Village Drive, Gentry Mill Rd., Lakeview Drive, Old Columbia Road from Tonkin Drive to the Adair County line and all roads off Old Columbia Road. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes. This will be until further notice due to water main repairs.

 

 

Two Fires in Russell Springs Over the Weekend

 

According to Russell Springs Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, firemen were dispatched on Saturday morning around 10 a.m. to a furnace fire on Cassie Coe Road. Crews were able to contain the fire to the furnace and were on scene for about 30 minutes.

 

On Friday evening, firefighters were called out to a fire on Linda Lane and was on scene for about 2 hours. 

 

No injuries were reported in either fire.

 

Area Arrest 12-27-22

 

Robert Vieten, 54, of Anniston, Alabama was taken into custody by Officer Lane with the Russell Springs Police Department, just after 3 a.m. yesterday morning on a Fugitive from Another State Warrant. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Recycle your Natural Christmas Trees to provide Fish Habitat

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2022) - Help improve Kentucky’s fisheries by donating your natural Christmas tree to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Christmas for the Fishes tree recycling program this holiday season.

 

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be accepting evergreen trees at more than 30 drop-off locations across the commonwealth from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15, 2023. Trees should be real, not artificial, and should be free of any lights, garland and decorations. Limbs, wreaths, brush or other plants will not be accepted.

 

Donated Christmas trees will be anchored to environmentally-friendly weights and submerged at various depths in different lakes and reservoirs across Kentucky to provide places for fish to feed, shelter and spawn. They make great refuge and feeding habitat for game fish, as well as small fish and invertebrates that are crucial for a thriving ecosystem.

 

“Fish require more than open water to thrive,” said Joseph Zimmerman, habitat program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “They also require an environment that provides food, shelter and shade in summer. The trees will help replenish the woody cover in lakes and reservoirs that decays over time, leaving fish vulnerable to their surroundings.”

 

The locations where trees are installed generally become hot spots for fish species targeted by anglers such as bass, bluegill and crappie. These locations are marked with GPS coordinates and available through the “Lakes with Fish Attractors” page on the department’s website to help anglers.

 

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is funded through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses, boat registrations and related grants. Conserving Kentucky’s fishes and their habitats and providing related recreational opportunities are important aspects of the department’s mission.

 

For more information about the Christmas tree recycling program or to find a drop-off location, visit the department’s website (fw.ky.gov) or call 1-800-858-1549, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) weekdays, excluding holidays.

 

Adair Fiscal Court Meeting 12/27/22

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
A.)  Regular Called Meeting – December 12, 2022
B.)  Special Called Meeting-December 19, 2022
3.   DISBURSEMENTS
4.   BUDGET AMENDMENTS                             
5.   BUDGET TRANFERS
A.)  Line to Line Transfers
B.)  Fund to Fund Transfers
6.   COURT ORDERS 
7.   READING OF ROADS
8.  ACTION ITEMS:                              
A)   ADMINISTRATIVE CODE CDL CHANGES-2ND READING 
B)  CYBER SECURITY INSURANCE 
C)  OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD OF BIDS FOR E.M. TRUCK
 9.   OTHER BUSINESS
10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN 
 

Former Russell County Man Arrested on Multiple Charges Following Police Pursuit through Three Counties

 
On Friday, December 23, 2022 at 2:25pmCT, Russell County Deputy Bunch conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander on North Highway 127 just south of Russell Springs city limits, for driving too fast for road conditions, improper passing, speeding, and reckless driving for passing multiple vehicles and almost hitting another vehicle head-on.
 
Deputy Bunch made contact with the driver, 44-year-old Brandy Tolliver of Louisville, KY, a former Russell County resident. While Deputy Bunch was in the process of writing a citation, Tolliver fled the scene and a vehicle pursuit ensued, but was terminated as road conditions were too hazardous.
 
Tolliver fled toward Casey County where deputies, who had been alerted by Russell County, attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Tolliver and he fled from them as well. After Casey County also terminated their pursuit due to road conditions, Tolliver ended up hitting another vehicle and attempted to carjack the vehicle he struck, but the other auto was able to flee and no one was injured in the collision.
 
Tolliver then fled in his vehicle into Lincoln County where he was caught and arrested. He is being held in the Casey County Detention Center on multiple charges. 
 
Deputy Bunch will be obtaining arrest warrants for Tolliver for offenses committed in Russell County.
 

KU performing service interruptions; need customers' help reducing energy consumption

 

Extreme cold and pressures on regional grid are resulting in scattered power outages and LG&E and KU need customers’ help reducing energy consumption.

 

Our team is working diligently to help minimize extended impacts to our customers and as part of those efforts, we are performing brief service interruptions in intervals across our service territories.  While the outage durations will vary, we are targeting about 30 minutes.

 

We appreciate our customers’ patience and their energy conservation efforts.

 

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Some of the coldest temperatures on record hitting the region are creating strains on the regional electric grid. As a result, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company customers are experiencing outages.

 

Customers are asked to take the following conservation actions:

  • Adjust your thermostat to lowest comfortable setting.  If you’re going to be gone for more than four hours turn the thermostat down several degrees as well.
  • Reduce reliance on other heating sources.
  • Wear extra layers such as a sweatshirt or sweater.
  • Add extra blankets to the bed.
  • Close the fireplace damper and doors when not in use unless you have a gas fireplace.
  • Use draft stoppers for windows and doors.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights – including holiday lights -- and appliances.
  • Run your dishwashers, dryers and washing machines only when full.
  • Open curtains, drapes and/or blinds in the daytime to let the sun's heat in your home and close them at night to retain the heat.
  • Furniture or drapes should not block air registers.
  • Use a microwave oven or a slow cooker or prepare cold meals. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.

Visit www.lge-ku.com for additional winter conservation tips and information concerning energy efficiency programs.

 

Polar Report (Cancellations) 12-23-22


Polar Report Closings and Cancellations... Brought to you by: Barger Insurance in Columbia and Jack and Jack Insurance in Jamestown... 

 

  • Active Day in Russell Springs - Closed 
  • The Adair County Transfer Station - Closed
  • Barger Insurance - Closed 
  • Kerrs Garbage and Jones Garbage - will not run today 
  • Family First Healthcare - Closed
  • Best Care Family Practice in Greensburg - Closed 
  • Duo Broadband Lobby - Closed but will be conducting business during normal hours by phone
  • Due to the extreme cold Morgan Sanitation will not be running today and offices and transfer station closed
  • Genesis Family Medical Center is closed but Telehealth is available
  • Joe brown auto body closed til Tuesday Dec 27th
  • Columbia Laundry & Tanning (formerly Burton’s Laundry & Tanning) will be closed tomorrow, December 22nd due to weather. We will also be closed Saturday and Sunday for the holidays
  • First and Farmers National Bank Opening at 10 a.m. this morning and will be open tilll 3 p.m.

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2022)– Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on freezing winter weather; economic development progress; eviction relief in Louisville; disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; public health; and federal high-speed internet maps. He also named Santa Claus and Shawn and Tammy Adams, who conveyed land at no cost for rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky, as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Weather Update
The Governor provided an update on the arctic front moving across the commonwealth. A flash freeze is likely as this change occurs. Total snowfall is expected to be 1 to 3 inches, and wind gusts are expected to reach as high as 45 mph. Below-freezing temperatures will begin this afternoon in the west and move across Central Kentucky tonight.

 

Wind chills will drop below zero degrees and will be down to minus 25 to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit tonight and into Friday. However, below-freezing temperatures are expected to linger until Tuesday.

 

The Governor reminded Kentuckians that local warming centers will be open. To find a local center, Kentuckians should contact their local emergency management officials and first responders as well as follow their official social media accounts. The Kentucky State Resort Parks are available as backup warming locations.

 

“Plan on slippery road conditions, especially tonight and moving into tomorrow. If you can stay off the roads, please do,” Gov. Beshear said. “If it gets that cold, we can get to a point that the salt won’t work to stop ice if we have certain conditions. If you can avoid travel, please do. Admittedly, my family canceled plans with my parents tonight, because we need to be safe and make sure we’re all doing the right and the safe things.”

 

“Being prepared starts with being aware of what is coming, and we have a good storm prediction of what is coming from the National Weather Service. This gives us the opportunity to prepare. We don’t always get this opportunity, so let’s seize it,” said Kentucky Emergency Management Director Jeremy Slinker. “We encourage you to follow your local, state and national emergency management agencies on social media if you are able. Keep track of their tips and their weather warnings as well. Keep up with whatever keeps you connected with your current conditions.”

 

“In all 12 highway districts, which includes all 120 counties, we are closely monitoring the weather as forecasts become clearer. We have up to 2,000 employees that are available and 1,365 pieces of equipment. Our crews will be deployed in stages as conditions require them, but we must prepare and be prepared for the long haul,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray. “Public safety and employee safety are our top priorities, and we will be doing all we can in both respects. We are up against some very tough conditions. Please stay off the roads unless it is absolutely essential.”

 

Yesterday, the Governor declared a state of emergency and implemented the state price gouging laws.

 

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear provided a recap of this year’s economic development progress. This year, the commonwealth has seen nearly 250 new-location and expansion announcements committed to invest almost $10.5 billion and create over 16,000 full-time jobs. Those figures position 2022 as Kentucky’s second highest year for new investment behind only 2021’s record year and third highest for job creation.

 

“Our state is bouncing back from a pandemic and multiple natural disasters in a way that is setting the foundation for future growth and a brighter tomorrow for Kentucky families,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Wages continue to rise in the commonwealth, as Kentucky’s incentivized hourly wage for projects statewide in 2022 was $26.78 before benefits, an 11.5% increase over last year’s $24 average and the second highest over an eight-year period.

 

This year included record investment and job growth in the bourbon and spirits industry, including the sector’s largest investment in state history. For 2022, Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry saw more than 30 announcements totaling $2.18 billion in new investments and 730 full-time jobs.

 

Gov. Beshear also highlighted the commonwealth’s rapidly growing electric vehicle sector. In April, the Governor was joined by the leadership at Envision AESC to announce the state’s second-largest economic development project in history. This $2 billion investment is creating 2,000 full-time jobs in Warren County and broke ground in August.

 

With Ford Motor Co. and SK On celebrating the largest economic development project in state history in 2021, these announcements solidify Kentucky as the EV battery production capital of the United States of America. In total, Kentucky’s automotive sector in 2022 brought in over $4.2 billion in new investments, creating 4,200 full-time positions.

 

Manufacturers continue to be a driving force behind Kentucky’s continued economic growth this year as well, contributing to well over 9,000 of the announced jobs over the past year behind $8.2 billion in new investments. Manufacturing plays a vital role across numerous key sectors in the commonwealth, with roughly 5,000 facilities employing approximately 250,000 Kentucky residents.

 

Kentucky’s announced investment and planned job creation this year furthers recent economic momentum in the commonwealth, as the state builds back stronger from the effects of the pandemic, the Western Kentucky tornadoes and the flooding in Eastern Kentucky.

 

Eviction Relief Efforts inLouisville
Today, Gov. Beshear announced the reallocation of more than $38.2 million through Team Kentucky’s Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund to further support Louisville renters and landlords who are still impacted by the pandemic. Since the program launched in February 2021, Gov. Beshear has directed over $92.2 million in funds to Louisville.

 

Funds Available to Help Kentuckians Pay Their Heating Bills
Today, the Governor encouraged low-income Kentuckians to apply for help paying their heating bills. Applications are being accepted starting Jan. 9 for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Crisis Component. To access fact sheets from the state’s six participating utility companies, click here.

 

The LIHEAP Crisis Component program is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in partnership with Community Action Kentucky agencies across the state. Applications are accepted first come, first serve during the enrollment period that begins Jan. 9 through March 31, 2023, or until funds run out. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452.

 

Plans for Rebuilding Eastern Kentucky
Tuesday, Gov. Beshear unveiled a vision for long-term recovery in Eastern Kentucky that begins with a high-ground community in Knott County. This is the first of several locations in Eastern Kentucky that are being considered for rebuilding projects. The state is currently evaluating multiple sites in four counties: Breathitt, Knott, Letcher and Perry.

 

The Governor also announced that the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund is committing funds to build eight new homes in partnership with the Housing Development Alliance and Homes Inc. Gov. Beshear also announced a new partnership with Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky to assist flood survivors with home repairs.

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky’s stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. The Governor announced today that the death toll is now 44 across six counties. The increase is due to the death of Mae Amburgey, 97, of Letcher County.


Currently, 266 households are being housed in travel trailers. There are 312 travel trailers on site in 10 different locations. Kentucky State Parks employees continue to work with local and state emergency management officials to actively transition affected families into travel trailers and long-term housing solutions. The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are now housing 55 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1.

 

If flood victims need help, please call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information. FEMA is still approving claims and actively working to help flood victims.

 

Waterway debris removal is nearly complete. To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $13 million from more than 41,000 donors. To contribute, click here. For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.


Health Updates
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19 in the commonwealth. He said that the spread of influenza continues to increase in Kentucky and is on track to be the worst flu season in at least 10 years. The Governor announced that six children have died from influenza. Sadly, yesterday, another pediatric flu death was reported and is currently under investigation. If confirmed, this will be the seventh pediatric flu death in Kentucky. Most influenza detections in the commonwealth have been identified as Type A. The flu vaccine has been updated this year and is expected to perform well against this circulating strain.

 

RSV activity appears to be declining but is still causing outbreaks in Kentucky day cares and preschools. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks. RSV can be serious, however, especially for infants and older adults.

 

The Governor said that the most recent COVID-19 data shows that the virus appears to be increasing following Thanksgiving. He encouraged those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

Kentuckians Urged to Help Improve Federal High-Speed Internet Maps
In an ongoing effort to expand reliable high-speed internet access across the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear is encouraging all Kentuckians to check out the recently released National Broadband Map, compiled by the Federal Communications Commission, and provide feedback to improve the map’s accuracy.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, Gov. Beshear thanked Santa Claus for being a Team Kentucky All-Star.

 

“During his busiest week of the year, Santa traveled to Eastern Kentucky a little early to deliver toys to children impacted by this summer’s devastating floods,” Gov. Beshear said. “Over the past year, Santa Claus and First Lady Britainy Beshear have brought more than 100,000 gifts, as well as hundreds of meals, to tornado and flood survivors. There were toys for the kids and more than $200,000 in gift cards to make this season a little easier for parents who have already lost so much.”

 

The Governor also celebrated two other Team Kentucky All-Stars who have shown incredible generosity this Christmas season.

 

This week, the Governor secured 75 acres in Knott County where a new, high-ground community can be built to provide new homes for flood survivors. The initial building site in Knott County can be expanded up to 300 acres and was conveyed at no cost by private owners and community members Shawn and Tammy Adams. Construction is slated to begin in early 2023. To learn more, see the full release.

 

“We don’t just want the families impacted by natural disasters to get by, we want them to thrive and experience the prosperity that our entire commonwealth is going to see after years of record economic development,” Gov. Beshear said. “Shawn and Tammy, we can’t thank you enough. This gift is going to change lives for generations to come.”
 

District 8 Crews Ready for First Winter Event


SOMERSET, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2022) – With more than 29,000 tons of salt on hand, combined with more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment ready in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

 

A state of emergency was declared by Gov. Andy Beshear yesterday ahead of an arctic front that will move across the Commonwealth later today. The National Weather Service says rain will to change to snow Thursday night with a sharp drop in temperatures.  Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph can create whiteout conditions that dramatically reduce visibility. In addition, downed trees and power lines are a concern due to high winds. Hazardous road conditions can be expected, travel is not advised during this winter weather event. District 8 crews will be remain on duty this afternoon monitoring conditions and will work to keep routes as safe as possible.  

 

Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 8 state roads passable during inclement weather.

 

“We take snow and ice response very seriously,” Chief District Engineer James Jones said. “The Transportation Cabinet recognizes how important roadway conditions are to motorists, especially during winter storms. Our highway crews often spend long hours away from home to keep roadways clear and safe for the traveling public. We appreciate their service.”

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) mission is to keep traffic moving in a safe manner with an emphasis on maintaining mobility along critical corridors and priority routes. When bad weather hits, crews are assigned 12-hour shifts to plow and treat roads using a priority system based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county. Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.

 

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website, http://snowky.ky.gov, provides details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets and videos on salt application and snow removal. 

 

In addition, the public can monitor winter operations in real time on the state’s interactive traffic system – GoKY.ky.gov – to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

 

Throughout snow season, which runs from November to April, highway response teams across Kentucky serve weekly on-call rotations. The teams monitor weather reports when snow is in the forecast and determine when to activate the state’s arsenal of snow-fighting equipment, including more than 1,000 snow plows.


Be prepared: 

The following measures will help keep motorists safe and prepared:

- Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level

- Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road

- Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment

- Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder

- Allow time for a slower commute

-Winterize vehicles

-Supply vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit

-Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.govand download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel. You can also get traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8. 

-Eliminate distractions (e.g. using phone and eating) while driving

-Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash.

 

Russell County Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Taking Money from Arts Council

 

Bowling Green, KY – On December 14, 2022, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a Russell County man with two counts of wire fraud.

 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office made the announcement.

 

According to court documents, Charles Davis, 56, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, while working as treasurer for the Russell County Arts Council (RCAC) in Jamestown, Kentucky, exceeded his authorized access by depositing RCAC funds into his personal bank account and using RCAC funds to make online payments to his personal credit cards. The total amount of loss is approximately $116,688.57. Davis is also charged with exceeding his authorized access relating to Artworks in Jamestown, Kentucky, by using PayPal Instant Transfer to transfer $224,142.79 out of the Artworks funds to his personal bank account.

 

Davis made his initial court appearance yesterday before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. If convicted, Davis faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.

 

The FBI’s Bowling Green Resident Agency is investigating the case.

 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Madison Sewell, Branch Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Office.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

Keeping Pets Safe during Cold Weather


The following information is from the American Veterinary Medical Association...

 

Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it's as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather.

 

Know the limits: Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet's tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog's walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing's disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet's temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.

 

Provide choices: Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some safe options to allow them to vary their sleeping place to adjust to their needs.

 

Stay inside. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It's a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing weather.

 

Make some noise: A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it's deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

 

Check the paws: Check your dog's paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury or may be due to ice accumulation between his/her toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of iceball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog's toes.

 

Play dress-up: If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat. Have several on hand, so you can use a dry sweater or coat each time your dog goes outside. Wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder. Some pet owners also use booties to protect their dog's feet; if you choose to use them, make sure they fit properly.

 

Wipe down: During walks, your dog's feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. When you get back inside, wipe down (or wash) your pet's feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned after (s)he licks them off of his/her feet or fur. Consider using pet-safe deicers on your property to protect your pets and the others in your neighborhood.

 

Collar and chip: Many pets become lost in winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that might normally help your pet find his/her way back home. Make sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with up-to-date identification and contact information. A microchip is a more permanent means of identification, but it's critical that you keep the registration up to date.

 

Stay home: Hot cars are a known threat to pets, but cold cars also pose significant risk to your pet's health. You're already familiar with how a car can rapidly cool down in cold weather; it becomes like a refrigerator, and can rapidly chill your pet. Pets that are young, old, ill, or thin are particularly susceptible to cold environments and should never be left in cold cars. Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don't leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

 

Prevent poisoning: Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly, as even small amounts of antifreeze can be deadly. Make sure your pets don't have access to medication bottles, household chemicals, potentially toxic foods such as onions, xylitol (a sugar substitute) and chocolate.

 

Protect family: Odds are your pet will be spending more time inside during the winter, so it's a good time to make sure your house is properly pet-proofed. Use space heaters with caution around pets, because they can burn or they can be knocked over, potentially starting a fire. Check your furnace before the cold weather sets in to make sure it's working efficiently, and install carbon monoxide detectors to keep your entire family safe from harm. If you have a pet bird, make sure its cage is away from drafts.

 

Avoid ice: When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. You don't know if the ice will support your dog's weight, and if your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. And if this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy.

 

Provide shelter: We don't recommend keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but if you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door to the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds. Space heaters and heat lamps should be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Heated pet mats should also be used with caution because they are still capable of causing burns.

 

Recognize problems: If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

 

Be prepared: Cold weather also brings the risks of severe winter weather, blizzards and power outages. Prepare a disaster/emergency kit, and include your pet in your plans. Have enough food, water and medicine (including any prescription medications as well as heartworm and flea/tick preventives) on hand to get through at least 5 days.

 

Feed well: Keep your pet at a healthy weight throughout the winter. Some pet owners feel that a little extra weight gives their pet some extra protection from cold, but the health risks associated with that extra weight don't make it worth doing. Watch your pet's body condition and keep them in the healthy range. Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm – talk to your veterinarian about your pet's nutritional needs during cold weather.
 

Stay Safe During Winter Weather

 
We received the following info. from Mike Keltner, Adair Co. Emergency Management Director.
 
 
Keep ahead of winter storms by preparing ahead. . .
 
  • Check battery powered equipment before the storm arrives. A portable radio or television set may be your only way to receive information.
  • Check your food stock and extra supplies. Your supply should include food that requires no cooking or refrigeration in case of power failure.
  • Stay indoors during storms unless you are in peak physical condition. If you must go out, avoid overexertion.
  • Shoveling snow is extremely hard work for anyone in less than prime physical condition, and can bring on a heart attack, a major cause of death during and after winter storms.

 

Columbia Sanitation Dept. to Pick Up Garbage on Thursday due to Inclement Weather

 
The City of Columbia Sanitation Department will be making changes to their normal pickup on Friday. Due to the inclement weather scheduled for Thursday evening and Friday morning, the Sanitation Department will start their route for Friday at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Please have your garbage cans beside the street for pickup. The City appreciates your cooperation and hopes each of you have a safe holiday weekend.
 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT THURSDAY EVENING THRU FRIDAY AFTERNOON

 
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 5:00pm CST THURSDAY TO NOON CST on FRIDAY...
 
A WIND CHILL WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...
 
* WHAT...Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph, resulting in dangerously cold wind chills  low as 25 below zero.
 
* WHERE...Portions of and south central Indiana and east central, north central and south central Kentucky.
 
* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 6 PM EST /5 PM CST/ Thursday to 1 PM EST /noon CST/ Friday. For the Wind Chill Watch, from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.
 
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Friday morning commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes.

 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Slow down and use caution while traveling. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation. In Kentucky, for Kentucky Road Conditions please visit http://goky.ky.gov.
 

Adair Recycling Center Reopening 12/27/22

 
The Adair County Recycling Center will be reopening on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 to accept recyclables. The Adair County Fiscal Court is excited to provide this service to the community as it has been greatly missed by many. "We've noticed a difference in our waste since it has been closed", said Bridget Compton, Adair County Solid Waste Coordinator. She also asks that everyone be patient as there is a new Recycling Director and Christmas is always busy with cardboard and paper. Normal business hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Below is a list of acceptable goods. Compton stresses: "NO GARBAGE! This is NOT a garbage service; it is to keep items out of the garbage and our environment, so please review the acceptable items and lets all do we can to keep the Recycling Center open for years to come". 

 

  • Gable Top (Milk and Juice) Cartons and Drink/Soup Boxes: remove and throw away plastic straws; reattach caps for recycling.
  • Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, etc.
  • Home Office Paper, Files, School Papers, etc.: shredded paper in brown paper bags only.
  • Junk Mail, Advertisements and Brochures
  • All Envelopes: window envelopes too!
  • Corrugated Cardboard: flattened (Do not bundle or tie together)
  • Phone Directories and Soft-cover Books
  • Paper Boxes—cereal, cracker, soda, tissue, shoe, gift, toy, etc.: flatten box and recycle (do not include use tissues as this is a health hazard).
  • Pizza Boxes & Paper Egg Cartons: discard all contents and flatten.

NO STYROFOAM WILL BE ACCEPTED
 

  • Bottles: beverage, soap, squeeze bottles, and spray bottles (reattach caps, pumps, and lids)
  • Jugs: milk, laundry detergent, etc. (reattach caps)
  • Jars: peanut butter, mayonnaise, sauce, etc. (reattach lids)
  • Tubs: dairy products like sour cream, margarine, yogurt etc. (reattach lids)
  • NO plastic bags, foam egg cartons, single-use plastics (coffee pods, straws, utensils, cups) or prescription bottles. NO number 5 or 7 plastics accepted.

 

  • Metal Food and Beverage Cans: lids are accepted.
  • License Plates: defaced
  • Metal Pots, Pans and Aluminum Foil/Foil ware

 

 

Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Arctic Front, Flash Freeze

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency ahead of an arctic front that is expected to bring a flash freeze and severely cold temperatures, with rain changing to snow Thursday night across much of the commonwealth. Temperatures may stay below freezing through the Christmas holiday and into early next week.

 

The front is also expected to produce wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph on Friday and wind chills could reach minus 10 to minus 26 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday. The front is expected to affect travel, and other impacts may include broken waterlines, power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private properties.

 

Gov. Beshear said his administration has been in contact with county officials to help open warming centers for local residents in need, and Kentucky State Parks will also serve as a backup warming centers.

 

The Governor also asked Kentuckians to make a plan to have a backup heat source in place and to make a vehicle kit. A large priority for the administration is to make sure those sheltering in travel trailers in Eastern Kentucky are safe and warm.

 

If necessary, Kentucky State Parks is prepared to offer emergency shelter at Jenny Wiley or Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park for those currently in travel trailers. For park updates and closures, Kentuckians can visit parks.ky.gov.

 

“Flash freeze is a big concern, and it will lead to dangerous road conditions,” Gov. Beshear said. “If you are traveling for Christmas, please plan to arrive at your destination by midday Thursday. After floods, tornadoes, ice storms and everything else we have faced, we don’t want to lose anyone to this weather front. Please make a plan and get prepared, and make a list of people you need to check in on, especially during this Christmas holiday.”

 

The Governor also activated the state’s price gouging laws to protect families from grossly overpriced goods and services. With the state of emergency in place, consumers in the commonwealth can report price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General and under state law, price gougers can be held accountable.

 

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Kentucky National Guard are all taking steps to prepare for the weather.

KYEM Director Jeremy Slinker talked about being weather-aware and the work to help those in Eastern Kentucky and warned about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia.

 

“In the event of a power outage, never use a generator indoors,” Director Slinker said. “Place the generator a safe distance from the home – at least 10 to 15 feet. Please use carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. With these sub-zero temperatures, we also need people to dress in layers, as hypothermia is a real threat. And please take time to protect pets and livestock, which are also at threat.”

 

Weather preparedness information and tips are provided on the KYEM website.

 

KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said that a fleet of 1,365 state-owned and contracted plow trucks are available to be deployed across Kentucky. The cabinet has stockpiled over 300,000 tons of salt, nearly 1 million gallons of brine for anti-icing efforts and more than 1 million gallons of calcium chloride, an additive to salt for deicing.

 

“Our forces are prepped with stocked supplies and equipment to respond to winter weather threats and they will be on alert through the holiday weekend,” said Secretary Gray. “With high winds, downed trees are possible, so they’re prepared to help clear roads of debris. Safe roads take everyone’s cooperation, so I urge Kentuckians to stay weather alert by monitoring weather forecasts, checking traffic on a navigational app like WAZE or goky.ky.gov, altering travel plans to avoid driving when conditions are at their worst and giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.”

 

Visit snowky.ky.gov for snow and ice resources, like priority route maps, tips and highway district updates.

KSP has developed a list of items motorists should place in their vehicles before the weather sets in. This includes a winter weather kit with a cell phone charger, blankets, first-aid kit, jumper cables, windshield scraper, collapsible shovel and a flashlight with extra batteries.

 

“Kentuckians, wear your seat belts, slow down, leave more space between cars and prep your car with the necessary supplies in the event you become stranded,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. “KSP and other emergency personnel are ready and available to respond during this upcoming winter storm, but we strongly encourage everyone to stay home when possible. If you must drive and experience a wreck or become stuck on the roadways, please be patient. Depending on the amount of winter weather the commonwealth receives and the number of roadway closures, emergency personnel may become very busy.”

 

In addition to the roadway reminders, KSP is asking citizens to refrain from dialing 911 to obtain road and weather conditions. KSP will use Facebook, Twitter and their website to share winter weather updates.

The Kentucky National Guard has begun pre-positioning assets to assist in rescues.

 

“Guardsmen will be activated ahead of the storm and stationed at several armories throughout the state,” Adjutant General of Kentucky Maj. Gen. Haldane Lamberton said. “The Joint Service Operations team in London will be on standby with an aircraft with hoists capabilities and the Special Tactics Squadron in Louisville will be on standby to provide emergency response capabilities.”

 

Adair County Man Arrested for Manufacturing Meth Following Lengthy Investigation

 

The Columbia Area HIDTA Task Force made an arrest today after a lengthy drug investigation spanning several months.

 

Officers from multiple agencies executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael ‘Pig’ Grant in Adair County. On scene were Kentucky State Police, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia Police Department as well as several K9 Units.


Grant, 62, has been charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Seized at the residence was suspected methamphetamine, various firearms, and cash.

 

 

Russell County Indictments 12/20/22

 

A Russell County Grand Jury has returned numerous indictments. Lisa Clark has details...

 

 

 

Zaxby's Groundbreaking Held Today (Tuesday)


Groundbreaking was held today at the new location for Zaxby’s in Columbia. It will be located off of Burkesville Road on Patricia Trail. Zaxby’s engineering representatives are working with the City of Columbia Planning and Zoning to get plans finalized for approval to start construction.

 

Left to right: Doyle Lloyd, Community Trust Bank, Sharon Payne, City Council, Scott Hail, owner, Mayor Pamela Hoots, Bobby Morrison, EDA, Larry Bryant, County Judge Elect, Ellen Zornes, Chamber of Commerce, Sulayne Grider, Chamber, Cameron Hail, Chris Hail

 

Kentucky State Police Offers Winter Driving Tips to Motorists

 

COLUMBIA, Ky. (December 20, 2022) – Kentuckians are being dealt with a wintery forecast through the weekend. KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few days.

 

Drivers need to be prepared to meet the challenges of driving in the adverse weather conditions. Plan ahead; make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained and ensure your vehicle is maintained to handle not only the road conditions but the frigid temperatures as well.

 

The best advice is to avoid unnecessary travel when winter weather is in your area. However, if you do have to venture out, here are a few reminders:

  • Refrain from calling 911 for road or weather conditions due to high call volume. Telecommunicators need the lines open to assist callers who have emergencies.
  • Reduce speed in wintery conditions.
  • Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.
  • Increase distance between vehicles – the ability to stop is significantly affected on snow covered or icy roadways
  • Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.
  • Ensure your windshield washer fluid is full and that you use an anti-ice solution.
  • Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow from all vehicle lights.
  • Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.
  • Avoid using cruise control which can cause a vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.
  • Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
  • Charge your cellular phone prior to departure.
  • Always dress warmly and keep a blanket in the vehicle.
  • Carry a winter survival kit that includes items such as blankets, a first-aid kit, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for water), windshield scraper, booster cables, road maps, tool kit, bag of sand or cat litter (to pour on ice or snow for added traction), collapsible shovel, flashlight and extra batteries.

 

KSP is also requesting travelers to observe for stranded motorists. If you see or suspect that someone is stranded, contact KSP at 1-800-222-5555.

 

If you get stranded, staying in your vehicle is often the safest choice but we offer these added tips:

  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers.
  • Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
  • Wrap your entire body, including your head, in blankets, or extra clothing.
  • Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
  • Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let air in. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe as this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
  • Do not eat un-melted snow. It will lower your body temperature.

 

KSP will use Facebook, Twitter and their website to share winter weather updates. We encourage drivers to check road and weather conditions before traveling by visiting https://transportation.ky.gov/sites/snowky, an online traffic, roadway information and weather portal operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

 

Adair County Officials Prepare for Cold Temps

 

Due to the extreme cold temperatures, Adair County and the City of Columbia will be operating warming locations beginning Thursday night.  Access to these locations can be made by contacting Adair County E911 via the direct number 270-384-6464 or visiting the 911 center at 107 N High Street.  

 

Attached is the latest weather briefing for the powerful winter storm forecast to impact Kentucky and southern Indiana Thursday into the Christmas holiday weekend. Minor snow accumulations appear likely Thursday night through Friday, and a rapid drop in temperature and high winds will likely worsen the impact of the any snow accumulations. Wind gusts late Thursday night through Friday could be in the 40-50 mph range. These winds along with the fridig temperatures will result in dangerous wind chills. The cold weather will last through Christmas.

https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/LMK_Dec_20_2022%2C_1000_UTC_dssBriefing.pdf

 

Russell County Woman Arrested for DUI and Wanton Endangerment

 

Nichile Martinez, 30, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer LLane with the Russell Springs Police Department early Tuesday morning. Martinez was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under Influence of Substance 1st and Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Gov. Beshear: Pediatric Flu Deaths in Kentucky Reach Record High

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu and reported six new, flu-related pediatric deaths, including three in the past week. This toll already meets the prior record for the highest number of pediatric influenza deaths ever reported in Kentucky in a single flu season. The prior record was established during the 2019-2020 flu season, when six children died of influenza.

 

None of the children who died in the current influenza season had received a flu shot, according to the Department for Public Health.

 

“This is a milestone we did not want to cross, and our prayers are with each of these families as they mourn the loss of their loved one,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are urging our families to get vaccinated as soon as possible to get protected from contracting the flu and COVID.”

 

“This current flu season is on track to be the worst in Kentucky in at least 10 years,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu and reduces the risk of becoming dangerously ill or spreading disease.

 

“Unfortunately, fewer than 40% of Kentucky children have received their flu shot this season. It is imperative that every Kentuckian take the essential steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities,” he added.

 

State public health officials report weekly to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. The Governor has been providing weekly updates on Thursdays as part of his Team Kentucky update news conferences. Kentucky currently is reporting 29,341 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, with the state flu activity level classified as “widespread” for the ninth consecutive week. Most reported cases of influenza have occurred in children. The most current weekly report is available online.

 

Flu is a serious viral upper respiratory illness that can lead to prolonged sickness and absenteeism from school or work, medical visits to the emergency room or hospitalizations, and, in severe cases, death. Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Co-infections with other respiratory diseases, like RSV, COVID-19 and group A streptococcus, can increase risk of complications.

 

Though most influenza infections result in mild illness, serious symptoms such as difficulty or fast breathing, seizures, bluish lips or face, high fever (above 104 degrees), fever or cough that improves but then comes back or gets worse, dehydration (e.g., no urine for eight hours, dry mouth, no tears), or worsening of other medical conditions require medical attention. Antiviral treatment of influenza is also recommended to reduce the severity of the illness.

 

Health officials are strongly encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months older get the annual flu vaccine, especially children who are younger than 5 and people of any age who have a high-risk medical condition, because of their increased risk of developing complications that can lead to hospitalization or death.

 

Flu vaccines are widely available in health care provider offices and pharmacies. Vaccination can be given any time during the flu season and can be administered at the same time as COVID-19 vaccine or booster doses. Appointments for flu vaccination may be found at vaccines.gov.

 

Health officials also encourage good health habits to prevent the transmission of flu and other respiratory illnesses. These include washing hands often with soap and warm water, wearing a well-fitting mask when in indoor public places, and staying at home from work or school when sick.

 

More information on influenza is available here.

 

Pulaski County Man Arrested on Rape, Incest, and Sodomy Charges Involving a Child

 

Raymond Oliver, 53, of Somerset, KY was arrested by KSP on Monday for 2 counts of Sodomy (Victim under 12 Years of Age), 2 counts of Rape 1st degree (Victim under 12 Years of Age), 2 counts of Incest (Victim Under 12 YOA), and Sexual Abuse 1st degree.


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

Adair Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 12/19/22

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in special called session on Monday, December 19, 2022 at 9amCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. The meeting is open to the public. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                              
1.     ROAD DEPARTMENT TRAILER DISCUSSION 
2.     JIM BLAIR CENTER RENTAL 
3.     KACO INSURANCE DISCUSSION 
4.     OPEN & POSSIBLE AWARDING OF BIDS ON COURTHOUSE RENOVATION
5.     PERMISSION FOR JUDGE TO SIGN NECESSARY PAPERWORK FOR COURTHOUSE RENOVATION PROJECT
6.     APPROVAL FOR JUDGE TO SIGN AMENDED ARPA AGREEMENT ON LOST REVENUE
7.     DISBURSEMENTS
8.     SHERIFF’S BUDGET AMENDMENTS      
9.     ADJOURN 
 

Be Aware This Holiday Season

 

Many of us spend the holidays relaxing and sharing in goodwill with friends and family. But some bad actors use the holidays to take advantage of people’s generous spirits. Scammers frequently target the older and other more vulnerable members of our communities. They pretend they are from Social Security or another government agency to steal your money or personal information.

 

Caller ID, texts, or documents sent by email may look official, but they are not. Fraudsters are calling to verify information about the 2023 cost-of-living adjustment for people who get benefits. Remember, this adjustment is automatic and a beneficiary does not need to verify anything. Social Security won’t ask you to provide information or money to get your benefit increase. Know that how we do business with you doesn’t change because it’s the holidays. We may email or text you about programs and services, but we will never ask for personal information via email or text.

 

Recognizing the signs of a scam can help you avoid falling victim to one. These scams primarily use the telephone to contact you, but scammers may also use email, text messages, social media, or U.S. mail. Scammers pretend to be from an agency or organization you know to gain your trust. Scammers say there is a problem with your Social Security number or account. Scammers pressure you to act immediately. Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way.

 

Know what to look for and be alert. Scammers don’t take days off and neither should you… when it comes to making sure you identify suspicious communications and report it. If you receive a questionable call, text, or email, hang up or don’t respond and report it at oig.ssa.gov/report. Scammers frequently change their methods with new tactics and messages to trick people. We encourage you to stay up to date on the latest news and advisories by following SSA’s Office of the Inspector General on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook or subscribing to receive email alerts.

 

 

Weekend Arrests 12/18/22

 

  • Russell Miller, 39, of Russell Springs - arrested on Friday morning by the RCSO for TBUT under $500, Criminal Trespassing, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Operating a Vehicle with Expired License.
     
  • Jagger Lawson, 20 of Jamestown - arrested on Friday morning by Jamestown Police Dept. for Menacing.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
  • Dallas Hayes, 32, of Burkesville - arrested on Saturday night by the CCSO for Public Intoxication, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (Drug Unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

KSP Encourages Safe Driving this Holiday Season

 

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (December 17, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is announcing that the commonwealth is on track to have fewer fatalities than in 2021 and will participate in the 'Make it Home for the Holidays' traffic safety enforcement campaign. As of Monday, December 13, Kentucky has experienced 691 traffic collision fatalities, 82 less than in 2021.

 

KSP troopers and officers will emphasize all traffic enforcement violations, including speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, impaired and distracted driving, and commercial vehicle enforcement. In conjunction with the agency's 'Make it Home for the Holidays' enforcement campaign, KSP will participate in two National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) enforcement campaigns during December, including 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' and 'Operation C.A.R.E.' (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort).

 

In addition to troopers and officers ensuring safety on the roads, KSP will promote efforts on its Facebook and Twitter platforms. KSP will bring awareness to the following topics:

  • Promote occupant protection (seatbelts and child restraints)
  • Prevent impaired driving
  • Prevent distracted driving
  • Encourage motorists to observe posted speed limits
  • Promote travel safety tips (weather, vehicle preparedness, safety kits)

 

Wearing your seatbelt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. On average, 47% of people who die in car crashes aren't wearing their seatbelts. In 2022, Kentucky's seatbelt usage is at 86.7%. KSP reminds citizens to ensure children are properly restrained in a child safety seat appropriate for their age and size and know that bulky winter clothing can reduce the effectiveness of proper child restraints.  

 

Impaired driving is 100% preventable, yet in the U.S., one person dies every 45 minutes due to an impaired driver. The best protection against an impaired driver is your seatbelt. Be smart and plan ahead this holiday season as you spend time with family and friends at holiday parties; designate a sober driver, and don't allow anyone impaired to drive home. Distracted driving, such as texting, eating, focusing on passengers, and adjusting the radio, diverts the driver's attention from safely operating the vehicle. If you are driving 55 M.P.H. and take your eyes off the road for five seconds, it's the same as driving more than the length of a football field. If you must text or perform any other distracting task, designate a passenger to help you, or find a safe place to pull over.

 

For two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third (33%) of all fatal crashes in the U.S. It increases the risk of losing control of a vehicle, reduces the effectiveness of a seatbelt, and increases the severity of injuries in crashes. KSP reminds motorists to observe posted speed limits (including in construction zones where the speed limit is reduced). While dealing with other motorists who are speeding or driving aggressively, try to give yourself extra space. Don't follow other vehicles too closely; remember to move over to the right lane if another vehicle wishes to pass.

 

As winter weather kicks into gear, KSP wants to remind everyone to ensure they are prepared for the potential hazards. Winter weather negatively impacts roadway conditions which can greatly increase the risk of a crash. KSP provides these tips to motorists:

  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distance
  • Clear your vehicle of snow and ice, including the windshield, lights, and top of the vehicle.
  • Headlights and taillights should be used at night and in poor weather conditions, including rain, snow, fog, etc.
  • Keep a safety kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Your safety kit should include extra coats, gloves, blankets, jumper cables, and a flashlight.
  • Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained with good tires and sufficient fluids. It's good practice to keep the fuel tank above one-quarter (1/4) full during cold winter months.

 

KSP's holiday wish is for everyone to make it home safely during this special time of year. For more information about KSP and its mission, visit the website

 

Russell County Swearing-In Ceremony 1/1/23

 

The swearing-in of all Russell County newly elected officials will take place at the Russell County ANC on January 1, 2023 at 2:00pmCT. All are welcome to attend.

 

Police Investigate Cumberland County Murder; California Man Arrested

 

BURKESVILLE, KY (December 14, 2022) - On September 26, 2022 at approximately 1:03pmCT, Kentucky State Police (KSP), Post 15, received a call from Cumberland County 911. They requested investigative assistance regarding finding a deceased male inside a residence on Glasgow Road in Burkesville, KY.

 

KSP Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene and learned 53-year-old Michael Harding of Celina, Tennessee had suffered fatal injuries from apparent gunshot wounds. 

 

The ensuing investigation led KSP to partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other local and state law enforcement agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, and California as the planning and execution of the crime included multiple local and state jurisdictions.

 

Information obtained through this collective effort led to the arrest of 60-year-old Thomas O'Donnell of Napa, California. On Thursday, December 8, 2022 KSP, the FBI, and local authorities arrested O'Donnell at the Sacramento International airport, in Sacramento, California charging him with the murder of Michael Harding. O'Donnell is lodged in the Sacramento County main jail where he is awaiting extradition back to Kentucky.

 

KSP Detective BJ Burton, assisted by Detective Mike Dubree and Special Agent's with the FBI Louisville/Bowling Green Resident Agency, are continuing the murder investigation.

 

Area Arrest 12-16-22

 

Denzel Alcorn, 27, of Russell Springs was arrested on Thursday evening by Deputy Ginn of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Alcorn was charged with trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz), 1st Offense and Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

12/31/22 Last Day to Change Political Party Affiliation

 

Saturday, December 31, 2022 is the last day to change political party affiliation and be eligible to vote in that political party’s upcoming May primary in 2023. (KRS 16.055)

 

How to change your party affiliation:

• Online at Elect.ky.gov and change your party affiliation. 
• Come into the Adair County Clerks Office, 424 Public Square, Suite 3, Columbia, KY

If you plan on coming into the office, the last day will be Thursday, December 29, 2022 during normal business hours due to the office being closed for the holidays.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Lisa Greer, Adair County Clerk & Staff

 

Male Juveniles Over 14 Years Old with Violent or Serious Offense to be Housed in Columbia

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined a new system where the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will operate three high-security detention centers for male juveniles 14 years of age or older who have been charged with offenses indicating a higher potential for violent, disruptive behavior.

 

“The current juvenile justice system has been in place for over 20 years, and it has not evolved to fit the needs of today’s at-risk youth and adequately respond to increased youth violence and involvement in gangs,” said Gov. Beshear. “A new detention classification system will allow DJJ and the commonwealth to better enhance public safety while ensuring that Kentucky’s youth have the tools and opportunities for a successful second chance.”

 

Last week, the Governor stated that the existing regional model system is outdated and has hindered the ability of DJJ to ensure the safety of youth and staff. Today, the Governor provided details on the three facilities designated as high-security and how they were selected based on the current charges of the youth population, number of detention center beds available and proximity to highways.

 

Male juveniles 14 or older who have been charged with a violent or serious offense (Capital, Class A, B or C felony) will soon be housed at:

  • Adair Regional Detention Center
  • Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center
  • Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center

 

Male juveniles younger than 14 or who have been charged with a lower-level offense (Class D felony or lesser offense) will soon be housed at:

  • Boyd Regional Juvenile Detention Center
  • Breathitt Regional Juvenile Detention Center
  • Jefferson Regional Juvenile Detention Center
  • McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center

Male juveniles ages 14 or older charged with a Class D felony involving unusual violence may be assigned to a high-security facility.

 

Male juveniles younger than 14 or charged with lesser offenses who engage in violent or disruptive behavior while detained may be relocated to a high-security facility.

 

The target date for the change is January 2023.

 

“This classification system will allow DJJ to enhance protocols and training so staff can better respond to the current population. Over time, DJJ staff will be able to better deal with high-security detainees, always understanding that these youths must be treated with care and compassion but also recognizing that alleged violent offenders present different safety considerations,” said Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

 

Secretary Harvey.

“Our staff is faced with many challenges and yet they rise up to meet those challenges every day. I commend the Governor for taking this action to further protect our staff,” said DJJ Commissioner Vicki Reed. “The increase of violent youth in our DJJ facilities calls for new tools and training to assure the safety of our workers and the more vulnerable youth in our care.”

 

As of Dec. 14, DJJ had 171 male juveniles housed in detention centers throughout the commonwealth. Of these males, 82 have been charged with certain violent or serious offenses and 89 have been charged with lower-level offenses.

 

For the new classification system to best succeed, the department will need to hire additional staff and expand training requirements. DJJ is working with the Office of the State Budget Director and the Personnel Cabinet to offer an increased salary to security personnel working at the higher security detention centers.

 

The Governor has also recognized that because of the changing juvenile population, DJJ policies will need to be upgraded to provide staff with protective equipment to adequately respond when the offenders start a riot or assault staff or one another.

 

“I will not sit back and allow another staff member to be violently attacked without any defense,” Gov. Beshear said. “DJJ facilities will now be equipped with protective equipment. We are also exploring the possibility of equipment, such as tasers or pepper spray, and are purchasing body scanners to be placed in every detention center to help eliminate contraband coming into the facilities.”

 

Transportation Unit
The Governor said he will be calling upon the General Assembly in the new year to adequately fund a DJJ transportation unit by hiring additional personnel and purchasing more vehicles.

 

Males ordered to secure detention will be transported to the regional detention center and remain until their initial detention hearing within 48 hours (with certain allowances, including excluding weekends and holidays). Youth will be separated within the facility by charges. After the youth’s initial detention and hearing, law enforcement will return the youth to the detention center and DJJ will then transport them to the correct facility based on charges and available beds. Since Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention is a female-only detention center, male juveniles in the Campbell County area will need to be transported to Boyd Regional Juvenile Detention Center until their detention hearing.

 

Jefferson Regional Juvenile Detention Center
The Jefferson Juvenile Regional Detention Center located in Lyndon opened in January 2020 after budget cuts forced the City of Louisville to close its local juvenile detention facility. In November of this year, a test fire alarm raised questions about the system’s functionality, and leadership took the facility offline to make the necessary upgrades, including to the locks, fire alarm system and control center, which will need to be completed prior to reopening to juveniles charged with a less serious offense. Until the facility is cleared for occupancy, male juveniles from Jefferson will be relocated to another detention center.

 

Recruiting Applicants
DJJ is seeking qualified and passionate Kentuckians to fill more than 105 full-time positions throughout the state’s eight juvenile detention centers. The department’s job vacancy rates are improving, but the agency still needs more individuals who are committed to fostering and investing in the life of each youth and supporting them in their journeys toward successfully becoming more productive citizens and workforce participants.

 

“Making visible, meaningful differences in the lives of Kentucky’s youth is something that DJJ has the privilege to do through building relationships,” said Commissioner Reed. “These differences are made through investments in the lives of these youth, and anyone who desires to make these differences are encouraged to apply and help us make an even greater impact on the youth of Kentucky.”

 

Youth workers are the direct line of care and are some of the most needed and influential adults in the lives of youth in residential placement. They oversee daily activities, maintain safety and security, and assist youth with school and other pro-social activities while modeling and teaching positive social skills.

 

The hourly pay for a youth worker starts at $21.45. Shift hourly premium is also available, allowing employees to earn upwards of $25.71 an hour. New hires will receive a 5% pay increase after working for one year. Youth workers are eligible for hazardous duty retirement, for which these employees are eligible after 25 years of service, with no age requirement, or at 60 years of age after completion of 5 years of service.

 

Youth worker applicants are required to have:

  • A high school diploma or GED;
  • The ability to physically respond to an emergency situation;
  • A background check free of any sexual related offense, domestic violence, human or drug trafficking or drug-related charge in the last eight years; a conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or trafficking in narcotics, drugs or controlled substances; and
  • A valid driver’s license.

 

Anyone hired as a youth worker will attend four weeks of training. For more about a career with DJJ, visit the Kentucky Personnel’s Cabinet website.

 

Administration’s Changes To Positively Improve the Juvenile Justice System
Today’s announcement follows recent actions the administration has taken to support the Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

On Dec. 1, the Governor ordered DJJ to open a female-only detention center in Campbell County. Effective Dec. 7, females between the ages of 11 to 18 ordered by the courts to secure detention are now housed at the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center, with limited exceptions. The detention center located in Newport has 35 detention beds available. As at any DJJ facility, females will receive education, counseling, recreation opportunities, meals, snacks and health care.

 

In November, DJJ created a Compliance Branch to conduct random staff interviews and unannounced facility inspections. The branch’s goal is to enhance safety and security throughout DJJ and make recommendations to leadership for improvements.

 

In October, Gov. Beshear and DJJ awarded $354,666 in grant funding to assist state and local governments in reducing juvenile crime by preventing justice system involvement or intervening with first-time and nonserious offenders to divert contact with the juvenile justice system.

 

The Governor and Commissioner Reed reopened the Mayfield Youth Development Center, located in Graves County in July after the facility experienced extensive damage from the December 2021 tornadoes.

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 12/15/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on higher-than-expected budget surplus projections; bourbon and spirits industry growth; today’s Kentucky Supreme Court ruling; the First Lady’s toy drive; disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; grants to fight sexual assault and violence; efforts to protect youth offenders and juvenile justice staff; and public health. He also named GE Appliances this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

Consensus Forecasting
Yesterday, the state’s Consensus Forecasting Group (CFG), a group of financial experts, revised the state General Fund revenue estimates upward by $1.4 billion in the current fiscal year and by $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2024. The estimates yield total revenues of $15.2 billion this fiscal year and $15.5 billion next fiscal year. These are expected to be the four largest budget surpluses in the commonwealth’s history and will bring the state’s rainy day fund up to over $3 billion at the end of fiscal year 2023 and nearly $4 billion at the end of fiscal year 2024. These figures also represent growth rates of 3.4% for the 2023 fiscal year and 1.7% for fiscal year 2024.

 

Executive Cabinet Secretary and State Budget Director John Hicks said that these positive numbers result from economic improvement of households and businesses, as well as recent strong revenue trends, and increased forecasts in individual income taxes, sales taxes and business taxes. 

 

“One area of the economic assumptions highlighted in the CFG’s deliberations is that manufacturing employment in Kentucky will do better than the Unites States as a whole. And that data does not incorporate the manufacturing announcements like the Ford/BlueOval SK battery plants,” Secretary Hicks said.

 

Economic Development Update
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that in 2022, Kentucky recorded its best year for growth of its signature bourbon and spirits industry, with over $2.1 billion in new investments and approximately 700 new jobs for Kentucky residents.

 

The Governor celebrated the industry’s continued success Thursday, as he will join state officials and leaders at Buffalo Trace Distillery to fill the company’s 8 millionth barrel of Kentucky bourbon since Prohibition. The event caps what has been a monumental year for the Kentucky bourbon and spirits industry, including the sector’s largest investment in state history, announced in October, and new-location and expansion projects throughout the state.

 

“More than ever, bourbon is booming in the Bluegrass, and this industry’s explosive growth will only continue in the months and years ahead as demand for products made in Kentucky continues to rise around the world,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

Kentucky Supreme Court School Choice Decision
In a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court today ruled that the school choice program passed by the General Assembly that would have provided dollar-for-dollar tax credits to those who donated money to private or charter schools in Kentucky is unconstitutional.

 

“This issue ought to be done. We can’t send public dollars directly or indirectly to private or charter schools, nor should anyone try. The answer is to work together to improve our public school system,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s provide funding, let’s provide that raise so that we can get enough teachers in the classroom and let’s invest in technology and social and emotional learning the way we need to.”

 

Eastern Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive Update
The Governor said that, thanks to the generosity of Kentuckians across the commonwealth, First Lady Britainy Beshear has collected thousands of toys once again to help kids who may have lost everything, including all of their toys.

 

Gov. Beshear thanked toy drive partners, including Kentucky State Parks, Amazon, UPS, Kroger, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Murray State University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University and Bellarmine University.

 

While the deadline for mail-in donations has passed, Kentuckians have two more opportunities to give in person. To learn more, visit FirstLady.ky.gov/ToyDrive.

 

“Once again, I want to thank everyone who has donated. You have shown the true spirit of Christmas and of Team Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “Your gift is going to bring smiles and joy to the kids who need it most right now.”

 

Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky’s stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. More than $183.3 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for individual and household assistance, housing grants and other needs. Over $56.6 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration. If you need help, please call FEMA directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. Although Disaster Recovery Centers have closed, seven Multi-Agency Resource Centers are available for face-to-face help. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

Roadside debris collection has concluded. Residents with debris that could not be moved to the roadside should contact their county fiscal court for information on what assistance is available. Waterway debris removal continues. The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees a different phase of waterway work that focuses on removing sediment and stabilizing stream banks. Residents will see activity from that effort in the new year.

 

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are now housing 84 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1. Currently, 265 households are being housed in travel trailers. There are 325 travel trailers on site in 10 different locations. Kentucky State Parks employees continue to work with local and state emergency management officials to actively transition affected families into travel trailers and long-term housing solutions.

 

To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $12.6 million from more than 41,000 donors. The Governor thanked several organizations and businesses that donated this week:

  • Arby’s donated $110,789.52;
  • The Kentucky Rising Fund donated $100,000;
  • Amazon announced a $25,000 donation; and  
  • J&H Outdoors raised $10,000 for the fund.

To contribute, click here. For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Juvenile Justice Changes to Separate Violent Youth Offenders, Protect Staff
Today, the Governor outlined a new system where the Department of Juvenile Justice will operate three high-security detention centers for male juveniles ages 14 and older charged with offenses indicating a higher potential for violent, disruptive behavior.

 

Grants to Fight Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Dating Violence
Today, Gov. Beshear announced more than $2 million in funding from the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program to 33 agencies to stop sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as well as to enhance victim services. 

 

Health Update
Gov. Beshear also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19 in the commonwealth. He said that the spread of influenza continues to increase in Kentucky. Twenty-seven influenza deaths have been reported for Kentucky’s current 2022-2023 influenza season. Most influenza detections in the commonwealth have been identified as Type A. The flu vaccine has been updated this year and is expected to perform well against this circulating strain.

 

RSV activity appears to be declining but is still causing outbreaks in Kentucky day cares and preschools. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks. RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.

 

The Governor said that the most recent COVID-19 data shows that the virus appears to be increasing following Thanksgiving. He encouraged those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

Team Kentucky All-Stars
Gov. Beshear named GE Appliances, a Haier Co., as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars after the company announced it was investing $1 billion on minority-owned suppliers, with an importance placed on local suppliers. GE Appliances has invested over $2 billion and created 4,600 jobs for Kentuckians.

 

“GE Appliances has been a strong and growing member of Team Kentucky, providing the world with top-tier home appliances and hundreds of Kentuckians with well-paying jobs,” said Gov. Beshear. “The company’s commitment to our state and our workforce is truly extraordinary, and I am happy to declare them this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars!”

 

Russell County Boil Water Advisory

 

There is a boil water advisory in Russell Springs, KY on a section of Highway 619 and 127. The starting address is 700 Hwy 619 up to 900 including Russell Road, and down 127 North to Bernard Lane. Boil all water used for drinking and cooking purposes for at least 5 minutes until further notice.

 

Zaxby's Columbia Groundbreaking 12/20/22

 
A groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at the new proposed location of Zaxby’s in Columbia. The event will start at 1:00pmCT and representatives will be at the site on Patricia Trail. Zaxby's will be placing a sign at the new location off of Burkesville Road. The company will be submitting design plans for approval to the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission.
 

Area Arrests 12-14-22

 

Amber Hagerty, 24, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested by Officer Parrish of the Russell Springs Police Department on Tuesday night. Hagerty was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (Shoplifting) greater than $1000. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Bradley Graham, 37, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Deputy Coffey with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. Graham was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Promoting Contraband – 1st Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

James Maulden Named "Firefighter of the Year"

 

James Maulden was named "Firefighter of the Year" for the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department at their annual Christmas dinner held recently. Columbia City Fire Chief Tyler Solum and Adair County Fire Chief Dennis Loy presented the award to James.

 

 

Ag Commissioner announces 5 county fair grant awards; Adair County Receives Grant Totaling Over $92,000

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2022) – Five Kentucky county fairs boards were awarded almost $500,000 from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) for new construction projects, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced.

 

“County fairs are at the heart of our agriculture communities. Each year I get the unique honor of announcing grants to local county fair boards for infrastructure improvements,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These grants allow county fair boards to enhance the environment of livestock shows, and other events when the time comes.”

 

The amount and the recipient of each grant include:

  • Adair County - $92,325 for a new restroom building
  • Bourbon County - $100,000 for the demolition of an old barn and the construction of a new livestock pavilion
  • Marion County - $100,000 for the demolition of an old building and construction of a new building to house restrooms, a concession stand and an office area
  • Western Kentucky State Fair (Christian County) - $100,000 for the construction of a livestock barn; and
  • Whitley County - $100,000 for the construction of a horse ring shelter.

 

Any incorporated fair board in Kentucky may apply with the State Aid to Local Agricultural Fairs Program for grants in the amount of $10,000-$100,000. Each grant will fund 75 percent of the total cost of the project, with the local fair board matching the other 25 percent. Each project must be started within 90 days of the date the project was awarded and must be completed within nine months.

 

Grants may be used for infrastructure or facility improvements, capital construction, or purchase of non-permanent tangible items such as bleachers or restaurant equipment.

 

Applications must be submitted to the KDA’s Shows and Fairs Division and postmarked no later than Oct. 1 of each year. The Kentucky County Fair Council reviews the applications and selects the winning proposals.

 

For more information about the State Aid to Local Agricultural Fairs Program, go to kyagr.com/marketing/county-fair-program.html

 

Columbia Inauguration of New City Administration 12/29/22

 

The inauguration for the new City of Columbia administration will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2022. There will be a reception from 11:00am-12:00pmCT at Columbia City Hall to meet the new officials as well as city department leaders.The inauguration of new city officials will occur at 12:00 noon. They will be sworn in by Adair County Circuit Judge Judy Murphy. The public is invited to attend.

 

Drive High, Get a DUI

 

2022 Holiday Season National Enforcement Mobilization / Dec 14, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023

 

Drug-impaired driving is a problem on America’s highways. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is dangerous and illegal in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving while impaired poses a threat to the driver, the vehicle passengers, and to other road users.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to spread the word about drug-impaired driving and to remind all drivers: if you are impaired by drugs and thinking about driving, pass your keys on to a sober driver.

 

Adair Man Arrested for Armed Robbery after Robbing Hwy 206 Business

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint from Adair 911 of an armed robbery at the Highway 206  Food Mart on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 1:46pmCT. Dispatch advised K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten that a white male had entered the store wearing a white shirt, hat and glasses. The male had a shotgun in his hands and pointed it at the clerk. He then demanded money from the register. The suspect fled in a black Dodge Dakota, last seen on Vester Rd.  Law enforcement from the Sheriffs Office, Columbia Police Dept. and KSP saturated the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

 

Deputy Staten was able to make a positive ID of the suspect during the investigation. He is identified as 24-year-old Samuel Ray Burton of Adair County. Burton was operating a black 2004 Dodge Dakota with KY tag number 044FGT.  A warrant for Robbery 1st degree was obtained by the sheriffs office for Burton's arrest.  

 

Around 5:10pmCT on Friday afternoon, KSP and the Casey County Sheriffs Office initiated a stop on the suspect's vehicle near KY 127 and KY 501 in Casey County. Burton was arrested by Deputy Josh Durbin on the Adair County warrant for Robbery. The shotgun and stolen cash were recovered from the vehicle.

 

The case remains under investigation by K-9 Deputy Chandler Staten.

 

The ACSO would like to thank Columbia Police, KSP, Casey County Sheriffs  Office and Russell County Sheriffs Office for their assistance in locating and arresting Burton.

 

FBI Looking into Threats made against "several" Kentucky Schools...

 
In a Tweet, the FBI Louisville field office says the threats were all posted online, adding "While we have no indication the threats are credible, we are taking them seriously and are actively working with local authorities to identify those responsible." The threats were reportedly directed towards students as well as Kentucky's U.S. Senators. The FBI says "Issuing a threat - even over social media of text message - is a federal crime." Adding, "Hoax threats are not a joke as they disrupt school, waste limited law enforcement resources, and cause unnecessary distress."

Adair County Hospital Board of Directors Meeting 12/13/22

 

The Adair County Hospital District Board of Trustees will have a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6:30pmCT at the Adair County Chamber of Commerce Building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

 

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order:  Neal Gold, Chairman
  2. Bank of Columbia request to switch account pledges from securities to a Letter of Credit from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
  3. Total amount for this year’s payment to Farmer’s National Bank
  4. Adjourn

                                           

Russell County Man Arrested for Leaving Scene of Accident & other Traffic Offenses...

 

Andrew Lewis, 20, of Jamestown, KY was arrested by Officer Elliot Smith of the Jamestown Police Department on Thursday afternoon. Lewis was charged with No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, No Operators License and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Russell County Man Arrested on Assault & Wanton Endangerment Charges...

 

William Robertson, 29, of Russell Springs was arrested by Officer Wooldridge with the Russell Springs Police Department on Wednesday afternoon. Robertson was charged with Assault. 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries and Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree.  He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

New Playground at Jim Blair Center is NOT Open Yet...

 

The new playground at the Jim Blair Recreation Center is NOT OPEN for use at this time. I know everyone is anxious to be able to use it, but the project isn’t complete yet. We can’t risk someone getting hurt on equipment that isn’t complete. We will update as soon as it is safe, but at this time, please keep children off of the equipment.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Gale B. Cowan

Adair County Judge Executive

 

Columbia City Council Meeting Recap

 

Jim Lieb covered the Columbia Cty Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 for Wave News and spoke with Mayor Pamela Hoots...

 

Russell Springs House Fire

 

According to Fire Chief Bobby Johnson, the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 7:59amCT on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 to a house fire at 709 Bluebird Drive in Russell Springs. Eleven firefighters arrived on the scene at 8:05amCT and stayed until the scene was cleared at 9:33amCT. No injuries were reported and the cause of fire is unknown at this time.

 

 

Russell County Woman Arrested on Theft Charges for Allegedly Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Adair County Business

 

Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman initiated an investigation after a local business on Liberty Road reported a theft of nearly $5,000.   

 

After the investigation was completed, the case was submitted to the Adair County Grand Jury and an indictment of arrest was issued by Commonwealth Attorney Brian Wright. On Tuesday afternoon, December 6, 2022 around 2:00pmCT, KSP Trooper Brandon Roark traveled to Russell County and executed the warrant of arrest. 40-year-old Amanda Dawn Graham of Jamestown, KY was charged with Theft by Deception (over $1,000 but less then $10,000) and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

The ACSO is continuing the investigation.

 

CPD "Cram The Cruiser" December 6-17, 2022

 

Dollar General Store, 1450 Hwy 55 South, Columbia, KY will be partnering again with the Columbia Police Department on Dec. 6th through Dec. 17th, 2022 for "Cram the Cruiser".

Everyone is encouraged to drop off toys for children and blankets, socks, and hygiene items for senior citizens at Dollar General and leave your donations inside a parked cruiser left by the Columbia Police Department. Thank you in advance for your participation.

 

Details Released on Accident That Caused Power Outage in Columbia


The Columbia Police Department investigated a single vehicle collision with property damage which began early Monday morning, December 5, 2022, near the intersection of Hudson Street and Burksville Street.

The vehicle operator appeared to have lost control, damaging several utility lines before completely leaving the roadway and damaging fencing and building of Southern Petroleum on Burksville Street and coming to a stop. The party then fled on foot.

While on scene, a male juvenile was brought to the scene by his father, who advised officers that his son had contacted him by phone wanting to be picked up in town. It was soon determined that the juvenile had taken the family vehicle without permission after sneaking out of the home.

The male juvenile was released back into custody of parents and is currently facing multiple felony charges including wanton endangerment 1st degree, criminal mischief 1st degree, and fleeing and evading on foot 1st degree.

Officer Holly Necessary is the investigating Officer. She was assisted on scene by Deputy Chris Tweedy and Sgt Evan Burton.

 

Columbia Police Department Activity Report for November


The Columbia Police Department's Activity Report for October 2022:

  • Calls for Service: 539
  • Citations: 59
  • Motorist Assists: 6
  • Escorts: 6
  • Accidents Investigated: 25
  • Injury Accidents: 2
  • Fatality Accidents: 1
  • Incident Reports: 4
  • Criminal Cases Opened: 4

 

Adair County Man Arrested on Assault and Alcohol Charges


Devin Kaylor, 21, of Columbia, KY was arrested by Officer Burton with the Columbia Police Department on Monday night. Kaylor was charged with Alcohol Intoxication in Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injury) and Resisting Arrested. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Power Outages Experienced Overnight in Columbia


Residents in downtown Columbia experienced recurring power outages overnight that were due to electric poles being hit and damaged in a 1-vehicle accident.

According to Columbia Magazine, Sgt. Evan Burton reports that a juvenile allegedly took the parents’ car and hit two power poles in the area of Burkesville Street between the Post Office and Five Star.


In addition to law enforcement, KU, State Highway Department, and Duo County were all on the scene for restoration of power and repairs.

 

Christmas in Columbia Parade Winners


IN-COUNTY FLOATS
  1. TJ Health Columbia 
  2. Walker Realty
  3. Columbia Christian Church 
 
OUT-OF-COUNTY FLOATS
  1. Mt. Olive Baptist Church - R.S.
  2. Superior Battery - R.S.
 
NON-FLOAT DIVISION 
  1. Golden Acres Farm - Elizabeth True (truck pulling 10ft trailer)
  2. Patriot Realty - Ken Hill (side-by-side)
 

T.J. Community Mission Foundation's New Year's Eve Bash

 

Ring in the New Year in style by attending the T.J. Community Mission Foundation’s New Year’s Eve Bash. Enjoy a night featuring a fabulous upscale dinner, cash bar, a casino, dancing and music by The Jimmy Church Band. 

 

There will also be a raffle drawing that evening for a Henry New Original .44-40 WCF rifle valued at $2720.00 and a Spending Spree Tree worth $2000.00 which includes 20 - $100.00 gift cards to local boutiques and businesses. Raffle tickets are $10 each. You do not have to be present to win.

 

Randy Burns, Executive Director of the T.J. Community Mission Foundation stated, “We are very excited to bring this event to the region that is going to allow our guests to have an amazing time bringing in the new year, while supporting a wonderful cause like the T.J. Community Mission Foundation in the process! And, we simply could not do these types of events if it were not for our incredible sponsors who help make it possible. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support of this event and your continued support of the Foundation.”

 

Tickets for both the event and raffle can be purchased online at NYEBASH2023.com

 

Adair County Boil Water Advisory

 

Date Issued:  12/1/2022

Time Issued: 12:45pmCT

 

 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers on Weed Sparksville Road, West 80 from Windmill Mobile Homes to Edmonton Co Line, Weed Keltner Road, & all side roads & in between. The advisory has been issued due to moving line. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality. For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.

 

Adair County Burn Ban Lifted 12/01/22

 
According to Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, the county Burn Ban has been liftd as of Thursday, December 1, 2022. 
 
The Statewide Open Burning regulations remain in effect ...
 
Kentucky's Fall Fire Hazard Season remains in effect through December 15th. Burning within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland area is allowed only in the evening hours between 6:00pm and 6:00am (local time).
 
Call 502-782-6592 to report suspected illegal burning or to find out more about Kentucky’s open burning regulation. After hours, leave a message and someone will respond as soon as possible. You may also email burnlaw@ky.gov.

The Fire Hazard Season in Kentucky runs October 1-December 15 AND February 15-April 30.
 

KSP Post 15 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

 

COLUMBIA, KY (December 1, 2022)  Kentucky State Police Post 15 will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Green, Taylor, Marion, Washington, Russell, Casey, Adair, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, and Cumberland counties.  These checkpoints will be conducted as part of Post 15’s highway safety efforts.  Troopers will be checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws relating to motor vehicle equipment safety, licensing of drivers, motor vehicle registration, and operation of motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

 

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at the following link: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post15checkpoints/

 

Gov. Beshear Provides Team Kentucky Update 12/1/22

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2022) – Today, First Lady Britainy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the Eastern Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive and the deadline to apply for inclusion in the Team Kentucky Gallery. Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development progress; lower gas prices; disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky; grants to bring high-speed internet; upgrades to Interstate Highway 69; funding for child care providers; the opening of the first female-only juvenile detention center; and public health. The Governor also named those helping with the First’s Lady’s toy drive as Team Kentucky All-Stars.

 

First Lady Announces Additional Toy Drive Drop-Off Locations
Today, the First Lady kicked off the Team Kentucky Update, announcing new locations where Kentuckians can drop off new, unwrapped gifts as part of the Eastern Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive, benefiting children affected by July’s historic floods. Visit FirstLady.ky.gov/ToyDrive to see all drop-off sites. Donors can mail or ship toys to Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg, KY 41653.

 

The First Lady said that Northern Kentucky University and Murray State University are collecting during specific games and that sites at Kroger stores and the University of Kentucky will be collecting during all regular business hours. Click here to view the current drop-off locations.

 

First Lady Reminds Photographers To Submit Work for Team Kentucky Gallery
The First Lady reminded Kentucky photographers that tomorrow, Dec. 2, is the deadline to submit their work to be featured in the Spring 2023 Team Kentucky Gallery exhibit. To learn more about the exhibit, see the full release. To apply, click here.

 

“As many of you know, one of the Capitol hallways is now filled with artwork from Kentuckians,” the First Lady said. “It makes the People’s House even more special, highlighting the talents and stories of those who call our commonwealth home. And this next exhibit is the first to be exclusively photography!”

 

Economic Development Update
Gov. Beshear highlighted two economic development projects that are expected to create 100 jobs and represent more than $600 million in new investment.

 

Last week, Gov. Beshear announced the largest distilled spirits-related investment on record in Kentucky, as Louisville-based Sazerac Co. will invest $600 million to construct nearly 20 barrel warehouses and expand Robinson Stave and Cumberland Cooperage in London, creating up to 50 full-time jobs and supporting the company’s continued growth.

 

Yesterday, the Governor joined local leaders and executives from LDG Multifamily, an affordable-housing developer, to cut the ribbon on the company’s new location in the Madrid Building in Louisville. LDG leaders have invested $10.75 million to purchase and renovate the new headquarters, creating 50 high-wage jobs for Kentucky residents.

 

Gas Prices
Gov. Beshear shared that the average price for gas in Kentucky, at $3.179 per gallon, is 29 cents lower than the national average of $3.470, according to the American Automobile Association. To see a full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to provide Kentuckians relief from high gas prices as well as tips to help families save, click here. A free application for help with home heating costs is available through Dec. 16 as part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Visit capky.org for more information.

 

Eastern Kentucky Floods Update
Gov. Beshear provided an update on Eastern Kentucky’s stabilization and rebuilding efforts following July’s historic floods. More than $89.5 million in grants have been approved under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program. Over $56.4 million has been approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

Although Disaster Recovery Centers have closed, seven Multi-Agency Resource Centers are available for face-to-face help. Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to oversee contractors who are clearing streams of debris and transporting damaged vehicles found in waterways or on public rights-of-way to vehicle management sites. Residents searching for a missing vehicle can find information on Gov. Beshear’s Flood Resources web page.

 

The Governor said that Kentucky State Parks are now housing 154 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on Sept. 1. Currently, 675 individuals are being housed in travel trailers, and 75 individuals have transitioned out. There are 325 travel trailers on site in 10 different locations.


To date, the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund has raised over $12.4 million from more than 41,000 donors. The Governor thanked the Arby’s Inspire Foundation for its donation of $23,516 and the Kentucky Distillers Association for its additional donation of $85,352 to the fund. To contribute, click here. For other information regarding flooding in Eastern Kentucky, visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources.

 

Abandoned Mine Lands Water Supply Restoration Project
Using $10.6 million of the first year’s grant from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands will restore water infrastructure for over 3,600 residences in Breathitt, Knott and Letcher counties, which suffered heavy damage in the Eastern Kentucky flooding.

  • The award will help 961 residences in the Breathitt County communities of Lost Creek, Clay Hole, Hardshell, Haddix, Altro, Turners Creek, Morris Fork, River Caney and Watts, which will see $1.7 million worth of work. The work in Breathitt County will include the replacement of 4-inch and 6-inch waterlines, radio-read meters, meter bases, directional boring of stream crossings and the installation of flush hydrants. This project will help ensure safe and adequate supply of potable water.
  • Nearly 2,500 customers in Knott County who live in or near Big Branch, Montgomery Creek, Kentucky Highway 15 North, Kentucky Highway 1231, Amburgey, Sassafras, Kodak and Vicco will see about $4 million worth of work, which will include reconnecting and replacing transmission and service lines and other damaged equipment. The Knott County water system repairs and upgrades will help alleviate water loss and low pressure at the Montgomery Creek pumping station and is only the first phase to meet current service demands and future growth plans for Knott and Perry counties.
  • The 176 residences in Letcher County in the Millstone area will see $4.9 million worth of work, which will include the installation of potable water service lines and meters, construction of a 100 gallon-per-minute pump station, and a 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank.

 

Applications Open for Grants To Bring High-Speed Internet to More Kentucky Families
The Governor announced that the application window is open for the next round of grant funding to support the state’s expansion of high-speed internet access to more families across Kentucky. This round includes more than $206 million. The distribution of these funds supports Gov. Beshear’s Better Internet Initiative, which is committed to expanding high-speed internet access to areas of the commonwealth with unserved populations or those with download speeds of 10 megabits per second or less.

 

I-69 Upgrade
Gov. Beshear, whose Better Kentucky Plan includes continuous improvement of Kentucky’s transportation system, announced today that work will begin in December on a project to bring the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway up to interstate standards, allowing Interstate Highway 69 to be extended from Mayfield to Fulton.

 

Funding Available for Prospective Child Care Providers
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that more than $6.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act has been made available to support child care services in Kentucky, including funds to incentivize Kentuckians to open licensed child care facilities that will support and retain the state’s workforce and will help parents and guardians connect with qualified, accessible help.

 

To apply for a new provider start-up grant, click here. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2023.

“High-quality facilities give kids the strong start they need while allowing parents or guardians to stay or get back into the workforce,” Gov. Beshear said. “These federal funds will help address the needs of more facilities, especially in underserved areas.”

 

The Governor added that the one-time start-up funds for family child care homes have doubled in amount to $5,000 in an effort to incentivize more new providers. Retroactive payments have been made to individuals who had previously applied, so that they will receive the full $5,000. In addition to the $5,000 start-up grants, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Child Care has offered a $100,000 matching grant for those wanting to establish a facility in a child care desert. The deadline to apply for this matching grant is Dec. 31. To get the list of regional childcare agencies and contacts, click here.

 

First Female-Only Juvenile Detention Center to Open
Furthering his commitment to keeping youth in state custody safe and secure, Gov. Beshear has ordered the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to open a female-only detention center in Campbell County. Beginning this month, females between the ages of 11 to 18 ordered by the courts to secure detention will be housed at the DJJ Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center, with limited exceptions.

 

Health Updates
The Governor also updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV and COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Gov. Beshear said that the spread of influenza is increasing in Kentucky. Six influenza deaths have been reported for Kentucky’s current 2022-2023 influenza season. Most influenza detections in the commonwealth have been identified as Type A. The flu vaccine has been updated this year and is expected to perform well against this circulating strain.

 

RSV, a common respiratory virus that causes mild cold-like symptoms, has recently increased in the United States, and outbreaks of the virus have occurred in Kentucky daycares and preschools. People of any age can become infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks.  RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. Early data suggest that RSV activity has peaked in Kentucky and is on the decline. The Kentucky Department for Public Health will continue to monitor trends from available data.

 

Gov. Beshear said that the most recent COVID-19 data continues to be encouraging. Fewer Kentuckians are hospitalized for COVID-19 than seen at nearly any point during the past two years and more and more counties are showing as “green” on the COVID-19 community levels map.

 

One Casey County Inmate who Escaped has been Captured; One Still At Large

 

UPDATE: One of two female inmates who escaped from the Casey County Jail early this morning has been captured. Liberty Police Department Chief Garrett says Angela Mason has been apprehended and he believes they are closing in on Chasity Burton as well.

 

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These are the 2 inmates that escaped from Casey County Jail this morning and are still on the run. If you happen to see either of these individuals, please contact law enforcement immediately!

 

 

 

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